Antonio Carluccio's "Italia" is a gastronomic tour embracing every region of the country. Each chapter weaves together fascinating information on the region's traditions, its typical products and its characteristic regions. Antonio's knowledge of Italy stems from his childhood when his family moved around the country following his father's job as a railway stationmaster. As a young man working as a wine merchant, Antonio toured the country deepening his knowledge of its different regions. This book, photographed in Italy by Alastair Hendy, distils Antonio's passion for his mother country and brings real insight to the different factors that influence its food and cooking. The breathtaking visual content celebrates the gastronomic life of Italy with stunning photographs of countryside and architecture, of people and food products, and of mouth-watering recipes.
Antonio Carluccio is a leading authority on Italian cuisine and has received the Commendatore Omri from service to Italian gastronomy. In January 2007 he also received a honorary OBE. After ten years developing the immensely successful Carluccio's Cafe business, Antonio has stepped down as consultant to take time to concentrate on new projects and ventures. He has written thirteen books, published worldwide to great acclaim, as well as having two popular television series. With Quadrille he has published Complete Italian Food, Complete Mushroom Book and Italia.